Thursday, March 6, 2008

At Least Seven Dead As Gunman Attacks Jerusalem Seminary

A gunman infiltrated a seminary in Jerusalem late Thursday and opened fire in the library, killing at least seven people before he was fatally shot, police said.
This is from CBC; there are other reports of at least eight fatalities.
At least 10 others were wounded, rescue workers said. Officials originally said two gunmen were involved in the attack, but later said there was only one.

A seminary student said he shot and killed the attacker.

In Gaza City, thousands poured into the streets and fired rifles in the air in celebration after hearing news of the attack on the seminary. The militant group Hamas praised the attack but stopped short of claiming responsibility.

"We bless the [Jerusalem] operation. It will not be the last," Hamas said in a text message sent to reporters.
Oh, I'm sure it won't.

This -- an unprovoked attack on civilians that leaves five or ten people dead -- is the sort of thing that happens to Palestinians all the time, and we never see a big story like this, let alone a photo.

I deplore random violence, and I mourn the loss of innocent lives everywhere. But I can't help wondering how many thousand Palestinians the Israelis will "have to" kill in order to "even" the "score".